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Flag still flies on the battleship Arizona

Flag still flies on the battleship Arizona

Dec. 1961: The sun breaks through dark clouds to shine on the Flag that is still raised and lowered daily on the battleship USS Arizona, sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

This photo by retired staff photographer Art Rogers was published on Page 1 of the Dec. 7, 1961, Los Angeles Times.

Shortly after 8 a.m. during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack, a Japanese bomb detonated ammunition magazines in the forward section of the Arizona. The resulting explosion killed 1,177 crew members.

On March 7, 1950, the raising and lowering of colors over the hull was instituted by Adm. Arthur Radford, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet. In 1962, the flag was moved to the current Arizona Memorial.

San Pedro was the home port for the USS Arizona from 1921 until 1940, when the  Pacific Fleet was transferred to Pearl Harbor.

More than 1,100 crew members are entombed in the hull.

This previous photo gallery, “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy,” covers the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In a year 2000 photo, visitors arrive at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Credit: Veronika Derugin / Los Angeles Times

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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